Ship of Death

Ship of Death

A Voyage That Changed the Atlantic World

Hardback326pp Illustrated235x156mm

9780300194524     Product Code: 505809


In the 1790s, a small British ship, the Hankey, set sail on a mission to establish a colony free from slavery. Drawing on archives from several continents, this book tells the little-known story of how an altruistic project had disastrous consequences that changed the course of history: the ship brought yellow fever to the Americas, causing tens of thousands of deaths, assisting the revolution in Haiti and prompting Napoleon to sell the Louisiana Territory to the United States.

publ £27.00